You can have a broken tooth due to more than one reason. May be you have a traumatic incident and your tooth fell out while playing football. Or maybe it was a roadside accident that leads to a broken or chipped front tooth.
If you or your child has broken a part of your tooth or have dislodged the entire front tooth, the first thing you need to do is to look for the broken piece that has fallen out. Try to find it as soon as possible. Once you have found the broken piece, do not handle it carelessly. What you do next will determine whether the tooth can be saved or not. Hold the tooth from the crown part(this is the smooth white part of the tooth) and not the root part. Holding the tooth from the root can lead to loss of structure that is important to restore the tooth. If the entire tooth has come out, place it back to the socket with light pressure. Once the tooth is placed in the socket, have the patient lightly bite on a clean handkerchief. Another important thing to keep in mind is that a tooth injury happens alongside a lip injury or cheek injury. Make sure to clean this soft tissue wound and to keep a cold compress there to prevent swelling. This will increase visibility for your dentist to be able to give you the best dental experience.
The best thing to do if you are unable to place the tooth back in the socket is to take a little bit of the saliva of the patient or milk in a small container and place the broken piece or the entire tooth in this container. In this way, it is possible to keep the tooth vital and makes a wider range of treatment options available to save the tooth. Then visit the nearest dental clinic as soon as possible without any delay.
Another common cause of a broken tooth is if the tooth structure is very weak and it cannot bear the excessive biting pressure. This happens mostly when the tooth has a pre-existing cavity and you have not gotten it filled. When this tooth comes under biting pressure it fractures. If you have a parafunctional habit of clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep or when in stress, even then your teeth can fracture or break. If you have an unbalanced bite, some of your teeth bare more forces and pressure than the rest. As a result, these teeth become cracked or chipped. If you do not get this problem addressed timely, then the tooth fractures or breaks. The extent of the fracture of the tooth determines the treatment of the tooth. Sometimes it is possible to save the tooth by just doing a small filling. If the tooth structure loss is too much, then your dentist might recommend crowing or veneer of the tooth. But at other times the fracture is so great that we can no longer save the tooth and the tooth has to be extracted or removed. It is very important to visit your dentist as soon as possible so that you can avail of the most noninvasive and best treatment options available.
The consequence of a traumatic tooth injury if not addressed properly or on time can lead to crooked teeth and spaces between teeth in the long run. This is the reason that it is highly recommended to follow the instructions given above and to visit your dentist as soon as possible. If you have crooked teeth or spaces in your teeth then the best thing for you is the braces treatment. Braces help to align crooked teeth and give the smile that you deserve.
At Ideal Smile, our braces specialist will do a consultation with you and let you know what type of braces are best for you and what will be the duration of your braces journey. The types of braces that we do at Ideal smile are metal braces, ceramic braces, clear braces and lingual braces. We have to make sure we give the treatment option which is best suitable for you.
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